GLASGOW is revving up to welcome back shoppers and visitors to city streets as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

The city council has launched a campaign to tempt people back to the city as shops, bars and some leisure facilities open their doors for the first time in about six months.

Residents outwith the city boundaries “traditionally depend” on the city centre for their shopping and leisure experiences, said Stuart Patrick, the Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive.

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He wants to assure people it is safe to go back to the city, adding: “We know people in general are desperate to restart a normal lifestyle as much as possible”.

The city could be in with a cash boost as people have saved up pennies after months of lockdown, Mr Patrick added.

The #LoveGlasgow campaign will see local firms plaster the slogan on their social media channels and they will also get an “industry toolkit” to help come up with their own welcoming messages.

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Shops have been “busy working behind the scenes” to make sure it is safe for customers to hit the racks again, said Anne Ledgerwood, the general manager of the St Enoch Centre, which will see its shops open on Monday, April 26.

Lockdown rules are being relaxed on that date and Scots will be free to drink in beer gardens and shop in non-essential retail outlets for the first time this year.